IJSAT, the International Journal of Science and Advanced Technology, is engaging in a spam email campaign to solicit manuscripts, and it offers a bonus for authors: quick publication.
And we mean really quick. A spam email copied below promises publication in four days from submission (August 27 to August 31). Perhaps aptly, the banner on the journal’s website states, “Blindly Peer Review.”
We know that the increasing number of open-access publishers has heated up the competition among them. This journal’s marketing gimmick is to offer really, really, fast “peer review.” The market is finding clever new ways to quickly separate authors and funders from their money.
This journal has a CC BY logo on its main page, yet on another page it states it requires authors to sign over copyright to the publisher.
We are extremely suspicious of a peer review process that is completed in only a few days.